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|Annual awards by Columbia University. Prizes in Letters are for books published in the US - fiction, biography, general non-fiction, history and poetry.|
| Biography: Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov)|
by Stacy Schiff
She was wearing a black satin mask when they first met in 1923, and in a sense she wore a mask--that of the dutiful wife and helpmeet--throughout their 52-year marriage. Especially after the American publication of Lolita made her husband notorious in 1958, Véra Nabokov`s presence at her husband`s side was crucial, writes her biographer Stacy Schiff: "[It] kept the fiction in its place, reassured readers ... that Nabokov`s perversities were of a different kind." But Véra Slonim (1902-91) was essential to Vladimir Nabokov`s literary career from the beginning. She had a gift for handling practical matters that her spouse proudly lacked; she screened him from his publishers and his admirers with equal firmness, and in doing so she lib... Read more...
| Drama: Dinner with Friends|
by Donald Margulies
Starring: Matthew Arkin, Lisa Emery, Kevin Kilner, Dierdre OConnell Winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for drama, Dinner With Friends examines the lives of two couples and the repercussions of divorce on their friendships. With wit, compassion and consummate skill, playwright Donald Margulies weighs the cost of breaking up and of staying together. Read more...
| Fiction: Interpreter of Maladies|
by Jhumpa Lahiri
Mr. Kapasi, the protagonist of Jhumpa Lahiri`s title story, would certainly have his work cut out for him if he were forced to interpret the maladies of all the characters in this eloquent debut collection. Take, for example, Shoba and Shukumar, the young couple in "A Temporary Matter" whose marriage is crumbling in the wake of a stillborn child. Or Miranda in "Sexy," who is involved in a hopeless affair with a married man. But Mr. Kapasi has problems enough of his own; in addition to his regular job working as an interpreter for a doctor who does not speak his patients` language, he also drives tourists to local sites of interest. His fare on this particular day is Mr. and Mrs. Das--first-generation Americans of Indian descent--and their ... Read more...
| General NonFiction: Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of Worl...|
by John W. Dower
Embracing Defeat tells the story of the transformation of Japan under American occupation after World War II. When Japan surrendered unconditionally to the Allied Forces in August 1945, it was exhausted; where America`s Pacific combat lasted less than four years, Japan had been fighting for 15. Sixty percent of its urban area lay in ruins. The collapse of the authoritarian state enabled America`s six-year occupation to set Japan in entirely new directions.The first definitive history of the transformation of Japanese society under American occupation after World War II. This major new work by America`s foremost historian of modern Japan draws on a vast range of Japanese sources to offer an extraordinarily thorough, complex, and r... Read more...
| History: Freedom from Fear : The American People in Depression ...|
by David M. Kennedy
You can think of Freedom from Fear as the academic`s version of The Greatest Generation: like Tom Brokaw, Stanford history professor David M. Kennedy focuses on the years of the Great Depression and the Second World War and how the American people coped with those events. But there the similarities end--and, in terms of the differences, one might begin by noting that the historian`s account is over twice the size of the journalist`s.Prize). Read more...
| Poetry: Repair|
by C. K. Williams
Randall Jarrell famously compared the likelihood of writing a good poem to that of being struck by a meteor. If that`s the case, C.K. Williams has been defying the odds for almost 20 years, ever since he published Tar. That collection, which appeared in 1983, marked the debut of his poetic signature: the lengthy, elaborately discursive line, packed to the gills with novelistic detail. And since then, with Flesh and Blood and The Vigil, he`s only refined his methods. At times Williams seems to be working that no man`s land between prose and verse, daring us to read him as a rococo Raymond Carver--an Ash Can School unto himself. But he always manages to pull one more syntactical miracle from his hat, reminding us that he... Read more...
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